Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Dr. Maria Gindhart - Chair

Second Advisor

Dr. Susan Richmond

Third Advisor

Dr. Akela Reason


While the majority of literature written in regard to artist Romaine Brooks has focused on her portraiture of cross-dressing women, I intend to focus on other aspects of her oeuvre which are often neglected. Therefore, I will examine works depicting women produced or exhibited by Brooks during the years 1910 and 1911 when her output was at its most varied. I have divided these works into four different categories: nudes, interior scenes, balcony scenes, and portraits. These paintings prove that while Brooks painted in a traditional fashion, she also subtly challenged the role of women in art and society.